Lubricant consumption in France declined 8% to 43,869 tons in October, compared to the same month last year, Paris-based Professional Lubricants Center reported in data released Dec. 15. Automotive lubricants consumption dropped 13%, industrial lubricants decreased 2% and process oils usage fell 4%.
France consumed 21,469 tons of automotive lubricants in October, compared to 24,670 tons in the same month a year ago. Demand for passenger car engine oil dropped 16% to 11,978 tons, while sales of engine oils for commercial diesel vehicles fell 32% to 985 tons. Automatic transmission fluids sales decreased 7% to 825 tons, and consumption of automotive greases declined 10% to 393 tons.
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